Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Memories Live On


Here's a couple of pictures from my workshop at Memories Live On in Cupertino CA. last Saturday. We had a great time. The store is overflowing with scrapbooking goodies and the classroom is perfect! Thanks to Vivian, Dawn, Lisa & Lauren for making our stay memorable!
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Summertime Spinner card


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Summertime Spinner

Here's an easy summer card. Even if you don't have all the supplies for this one, you can substitute with whatever you have and get a similar effect.

Summertime Spinner Card


Cardstock in shades of yellow and orange
MSRS mini flower stamp
Gold embossing powder
Heat tool
Pigment inkpad
Circle hole punches (2” and 2 ½”)
Gluestick or liquid glue
“bling” (peal off stickers or glitter glue)
Paper cutter


Using a paper cutter, cut a piece of yellow cardstock to measure 10” x 5”
Fold in half to make a 5” square card
Cut a piece of Orange cardstock to slightly smaller that 5” x 5”
Stamp and emboss 5 mini flowers onto a variety of yellow and orange cardstock
Punch out all five flowers using the 2” round punch.
Punch a hole using the 2 ½” punch in the lower right front of the card.
Punch a hole in the lower right corner of the slightly smaller than 5”x5”orange square and set aside (this will be your liner)
Cover the back of one of the punched out circles with glue
Lay a 4” piece of thread down the middle of the glued surface with the extra thread protruding evenly from the top and bottom
Glue the back of another circle (different color than the first one) and place it on top of the first circle, sandwiching the thread between the circles (make sure the thread is centered)
Open the card and lay it flat
Glue around the circle opening on the inside of the card
Lay the sandwiched circle in the middle of the opening with the protruding threads at the top and bottom.
Glue the liner and place it inside the card so that the openings are aligned.
Press into place to secure the thread.
Trim any excess thread away.
Add bling and spin away!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Down-By-The-Sea Card

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Down-By-The-Sea Card

Our trip to the beach last Saturday inspired me to make this summertime card.

Down-By-The-Sea Triptych Card


Cardstock in white and turquoise
Acrylic paints in turquoise, blue and silver
MSRS Mini Creatures stamp set
Silver embossing powder
Versamark inkpad (or similar pigment inkpad)
Heat tool
Paper cutter
Foam tape (or pop dots)
Gluestick or double sided tape


Cut the white cardstock in half to make two 5 ½ x 8 ½” pieces. Fold one piece in half to make a 5 ½” x 4 ¼” card. From the other piece, cut a 2” x 5 ½” piece. Reserve the rest.
From the turquoise cardstock, cut a 5 ½” x 2 ¾” piece. Reserve the rest.
Apply a small amount of paint to a textured sponge and dab the reserved white cardstock randomly. Repeat this step with the turquoise paint and finally the silver paint. Allow it to dry. From the dry painted cardstock, cut three small squares so that they fit side by side onto the 2” x 5 ½” white cardstock strip leaving a scant border all around the edges and in between each square. Attach the painted squares with gluestick or tape and bend up the two ends.
Attach the 5 ½” x 2 ¾” piece of turquoise cardstock to the front of the folded card.
Attached the triptych by the center square only, allowing the two ends to “float”.
From the reserved turquoise cardstock, stamp and emboss three sea stars or three shells or any combination of creatures you want with silver embossing powder.
Cut them out and attach one to each of the three panels with foam tape.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Karen at the beach

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Beach Girls


We had the pleasure of hosting Karen Elaine Thomas this past weekend. She was teaching workshops at Stamping Details. After her classes on Saturday, Karen, Michael and DiAnn Ogawa from Stamping Details, Carla and I had a wonderful Japanese dinner at Sushi Lounge followed by an impromptu trip to La Jolla Shores. Karen used to live here but has since moved to Arizona. She was like an excited 8 year old at the beach! What a fun weekend.
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Saturday, July 18, 2009


Our tomatoes are coming along nicely. By the time our friends Hetty and Raymond arrive from The Netherlands in September we should have a bumper crop!
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Paper Creations by Judi

I had a call from my friend Judi Kauffman this morning telling me about the fall 2009issue of Paper Creations. Judi has a big article featuring my new mini stamps. She made a big bunch of the prettiest tags you ever saw! Please take a look here:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Swinging Stars


Here's a card using my mini triangle stamp. Triangles are fun to play with. You can combine them into lots of different shapes. These are equilateral triangles. If they were isosceles triangles, combining them the same way as I did on the card would result in a different shape. I combined these into two star shapes and linked them together. You can see from the picture one is stationary and one is loose. Here's how to make it:

MSRS mini triangle
Silver cardstock
Black cardstock
Silver embossing powder
Pigment inkpad
craft knife
cutting mat

Stamp and emboss 12 triangles onto silver cardstock. Cut the triangles out. Glue one triangle on to the black cardstock like a pyramid. Glue the next triangle, point down, half way down the left side of the "pyramid". Glue the next four triangle in place in the same manner until you have a complete star with a hexagonal center. Using a craft knife, carefully cut the star out including the hexagonal center. Repeat these steps to make a second star. Cut through the second star between two triangles and link it to the first star. Use a little piece of tape to close the opening you cut. Mount one star onto whatever cardstock you like and allow the lower star to swing. Enjoy!
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Thursday, July 9, 2009

An Exaltation of Butterflies



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butterfly card steps




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An Exaltation of Butterflies

Here's a card using my new mini butterfly stamp.

One sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" white cardstock
Pigment inkpad
White embossing powder
Dye inkpad (your choice of color)
Stipple brush
Paper cutter
craft knife
cutting mat
bone folder

gluestick (or tape runner)
MSRS Cloisonne Butterfly
MSRS Mosaic Frame
MSRS Mini Butterfly

Using a paper cutter, cut the sheet of cardstock in half to yield two 4 1/4" x 11" pieces.
Cut one piece into two parts measuring 6" x 4 1/4" and 5" x 4 1/4"
Using a ruler and a bone folder, score and fold a 1/2" flap on the top of the 6" piece. Set these parts aside.
Fold the other 11" x 4 1'4" piece in half to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".
Lay the folded card down with the opening at the top. Score and fold down the front of the card at 2 3/4".
Open the card and lay it flat to emboss. Stamp and emboss the Mosaic Frame onto the 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" section of the card.
Stamp and emboss the Butterfly on the other half which has been divided into two 4 1/4" x 2 3/4" sections.
Make sure to stamp the butterfly on the fold with the top of the wings above the fold and the bottom of the wings below the fold. Add a few more butterflies as shown.
Using a craft knife and a cutting mat, cut out the top parts of the wings just to the fold.
Stamp and emboss as many mini butterflies as you like onto the reserved 5" x 4 1/4" piece. Using a stipple brush and dye inkpad, color the mosaic frame "background" and all the butterflies.
Attach the piece with the 1/2" flap to the back of the card to make it stand up as shown.
Cut out and attach the mini butterflies all over the card.
Cut thin pieces of paper to make the antenna for the cutout butterfly and glue or tape in place.




I had three parties(I mean workshops)at Stamping Details yesterday. We always have such a good time! We made cards using the beautiful Transatlantique Collection of papers from Graphic45. Nicki from Hamburg Germany got the prize for traveling the greatest distance. That's Nicki on the right with her friend Mary Ann and me at the store. Got me thinking about going to Stempel Mekka in Germany later this year. I really do have wanderlust!
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009